First Scotiabank/CJFE Fellow and New Board Members Announced at CJFE AGM

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - Yesterday, members of Canadian Journalists for
Free Expression (CJFE) filled the Upper Library at Massey College in Toronto
for CJFE's Annual General Meeting (AGM).
    Three New Board members were elected to CJFE's Board of Directors. They
are: Havoc Franklin who is a program development manager with CBC Radio. Havoc
stated at the meeting that he has been a member of the organization since its
beginning; Peter Jacobsen is a founding partner of the firm Bersenas Jacobsen
Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of
defamation law and media law; and Sharda Prashad is a senior writer at
Canadian Business where she covers precious metals and management. In addition
to possessing an MBC, Prashad also has her chartered accountancy designation
and a masters of education.
    In addition to the new board members, six current board members
successfully ran for re-election: Arnold Amber (President), Bob Carty, Alice
Klein, Anita Mielewczyk, John Norris and Phil Tunley. Arnold welcomed the new
Board members and remarked that their variety of skills and areas of expertise
would be welcomed on this hard-working Board. They join current board members,
Morteza Abdolalian, Alison Armstrong, Donald Livingstone, Mary Deanne Shears,
Kelly Toughill and Anna Maria Tremonti.
    Meeting with a large round of applause was the announcement by Scotiabank
executives Sue Graham Parker and Frank Switzer that Scotiabank will renew its
support of CJFE's International Press Freedom Awards by becoming the Evening
Sponsor. Parker, the Senior Vice President, Public Corporate and Government
Affairs, also spoke about how proud she was of the joint partnership between
Scotiabank, Massey College and CJFE to create a brand new journalism
fellowship for a Latin American journalist, and announced that the first
fellow, who will arrive at the college in September is Eric Lemus. Lemus is a
Salvadoran journalist who works for La and contributes to the
Spanish service of BBC World.
    The AGM was followed by a fascinating panel discussion entitled - Police
Impersonating Journalists - a dangerous practice which can have a damaging
impact on a journalist's credibility and infringes on the public's ability to
get their stories told. In the words of panelist Phil Tunley this
under-reported practice is "like an iceberg, much of it under the surface, but
occasionally bits of it are uncovered." Tunley was joined by fellow lawyer
Peter Rosenthal who represents native activist Shawn Brant, along with
journalists Peter Edwards and Kelly Toughill. Anita Mielewczyk moderated the
discussion which CJFE will use in its preparation to launch a Charter
Application on this issue.

    Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is an association of more
than 300 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who
work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and

For further information:

For further information: Julie Payne, CJFE Manager, Canadian Journalists
for Free Expression (CJFE), 555 Richmond St W. Ste. 1101, P.O.B. 407, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, M5V 3B1, Tel: (416) 515-9622 ext. 226, Fax: (416) 515-7879,
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